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These 50 Private Companies Are Transforming The Economy And Changing The Industry, 2018

It’s not surprising that SpaceX, a company founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk, has topped the prestigious CNBC Disruptor 50 list for 2018 – companies that are transforming the economy and changing the industry. SpaceX has an estimated valuation of $28 billion.

Increasingly, the ride-hailing giant Uber ranked number 2 on the list, followed by Airbnb (No. 3); Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing service provider (No. 4); and Lyft (No. 5), Uber’s biggest US competitor.

The business news website placed Grab in sixth on the list ahead of the biotech startup 23andMe, and online learning platform Udacity. The fashion startup Rent the Runway and Coinbase, a digital currency wallet and platform, round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.

These 50 private companies are transforming the economy and changing the industry, 2018

1. SpaceX
Why: Taking the lead in the new space race.
2. Uber
Why: Faring better in the post-Travis era.
3. Airbnb
Why: Rewriting the book on bookings.
4. Didi Chuxing
Why: How do you say “Uber” in Mandarin?
5. Lyft
Why: Sticking to the high road.

6. Grab
Why: Just another rideshare unicorn …
7. 23andMe
Why: A genetics house call.
8. Udacity
Why: Nanodegree your way to a new job.
9. Rent the Runway
Why: A closet in the cloud.
10. Coinbase
Why: Buy, sell, HODL.

11. TransferWise
Why: Eating up foreign-exchange fees.
12. Oscar Health
Why: 200,000 people who like their plan.
13. Payoneer
Why: Helping companies get paid around the world.
14. SurveyMonkey
Why: A way to better answers.
15. Progyny
Why: Fertile ground for disruption.

16. Adyen
Why: The company that gave PayPal the wooden shoe.
17. TheRealReal
Why: What’s in your closet?
18. Indigo Agriculture
Why: Seeding the world.
19. Ezetap
Why: Powering India’s cashless revolution.
20. Peloton
Why: A new spin on spinning.

21. Ginkgo Bioworks
Why: Microbe economics.
22. LISNR
Why: No Wi-Fi? No problem.
23. WeWork
Why: For when you need some space.
24. Ellevest
Why: Wall Street for, and by, women.
25. Zipline International
Why: Drones to the rescue.

26. LanzaTech
Why: Won’t let carbon go to waste.
27. Crowdstrike
Why: Into the breach, and ending it.
28. Xiaomi
Why: A $100 billion iPhone competitor, any day now.
29. Flirtey
Why: The robot revolution takes flight.
30. Veritas Genetics
Why: Your whole genome, all 6.4 billion letters of it.

31. Houzz
Why: Improving home improvement.
32. C3 IoT
Why: What are those devices saying?
33. Palantir Technologies
Why: They know you, even if you don’t know them.
34. Darktrace
Why: A digital immune boost.
35. Duolingo
Why: How do you say …

36. Pinterest
Why: 100 billion ideas shared.
37. Thinx
Why: An underwear innovator takes on Tampax.
38. Robinhood
Why: Turning trading upside down.
39. Uptake
Why: Big machines break, but maybe they don’t have to.
40. Drawbridge
Why: An ad’s journey from screen to screen.

41. InMobi
Why: A personalized mobile ad experience.
42. Coursera
Why: We don’t need no formal IT education.
43. Stripe
Why: Cracking the code on getting your internet business paid.
44. Illumio
Why: We all have vulnerabilities.
45. Fanatics
Why: They root for everyone, as long as you root for someone.

46. Auris Health
Why: A surgical robot pioneer scrubs in, in the next generation.
47. Luminar
Why: How self-driving cars see around corners.
48. Apeel Sciences
Why: The end of rotten food.
49. GitHub
Why: The ultimate source for open source.
50. SoFi
Why: Yes, online lending still has a future.

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